posted on March 28, 2017 by Kat Martin


By Kat Martin

One of the questions people continue to ask me is how I managed to change from writing Historical novels to writing Contemporary Romantic Suspense.

I have to say it’s never easy to do.  Publishers are not risk takers.  They always want to take the safe road.  It’s easier for them to sell the same kind of book by an author over and over.  The writer’s audience is building, sales are improving.  They don’t want to rock the boat.  And I don’t really blame them.

Fortunately, by the time I came up with the concept for the Raines Brothers Trilogy, Jackson, Gabe, and Devlin in AGAINST THE WIND, AGAINST THE FIRE, and AGAINST THE LAW, I had already written three contemporary romantic suspense novels for Mira, my publisher, and seven for a previous publisher.  The sales were respectable, which helped me convince them.

As I made the change, one of the things I really tried to do was to maintain the style of writing I was known for:  fast-paced, high-action, sexy, romantic books.  I also wanted to keep the emotion in my stories, something I hope to make people feel when they’re reading one of my books.

I tried to make sure my basic style of writing didn’t change, even though the novels are set in a modern world instead of Victorian or Regency England.

In AGAINST THE LAW, the third in the trilogy, Dev Raines is “mostly retired.”  The youngest of the brothers, Dev is also the wildest, an ex-Army Ranger and a dedicated bachelor.  But when Lark Delaney walks into his life, asking for his help in finding her dead sister’s lost little girl, Dev discovers a side of himself he hadn’t known.

Or had once known years ago, before his heart was broken.

Dev and Lark set out on what appears to be a simple matter of locating an adopted child and wind up heading into a dangerous adventure.  It’s a journey that opens Dev’s heart and eventually teaches him to love.

These three books were so much fun to write!  All of which have been re-issued with fabulous new covers. I loved all three of brothers and the solid family bond they shared.  Being Western men raised in Wyoming, they had strong moral values: courage, honesty, loyalty.  They were intelligent and caring and when they fell in love it was forever.

I hope you’ll watch for AGAINST THE LAW, being re-issued April 1st!

Very best wishes,


What are reviewers saying about Against the Law?

“[A] riveting story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.”
RT Book Reviews on Against the Law

“Ms. Martin has struck the mother load in her AGAINST series. AGAINST THE LAW is her third installment and by far the most powerfully intense romantic suspense with its charismatic characters, a story line that defies gravity with enough endorphins and adrenaline driven that even the Die Hard series can’t hold a candle to this brilliantly written series. Ms. Martin is a true mistress of the written word that never disappoints her readers.”
–Romantic Crush Junkies

“The third installment is as compelling if not more so than the two previous books. This novel takes us on a wild journey to save a young girl while two adults learn what it means to be in love and to trust in that love. The suspenseful elements of this story create a story that is impossible to put down until the final page.”
–Eye on Romance

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Bestselling author Kat Martin is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara where she majored in Anthropology and also studied History. Currently residing with her Western-author husband, L. J. Martin, in Missoula, Montana, Kat has written sixty-eight Historical and Contemporary Romantic Suspense novels. More than sixteen million copies of her books are in print and she has been published in twenty foreign countries. Kat is currently at work on her next Romantic Suspense.

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